Wednesday, December 29, 2010

NOTES OF COMMONALITIES: Two Presidential Hopefuls Meet Over Possible Alignment

Presidential contenders
TQ Harris and Simeon Freeman.

- Nat Nyuan Bayjay FPA
Monrovia - Simeon Freeman and Thomas Quilen Harris, Jr-the latter who is just known as TQ Harris-have been involved with what they termed as ‘comparing notes’.

The both men have expressed their respective interests in bidding for the highest political seat in the country during next October’s presidential election.

Presidential contenders TQ Harris and Simeon Freeman.

Freeman, one of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs, is the Standard Bearer of the newly certified Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) while Harris’ presidential intention has been known during the past elections and has returned again to the country to further press in achieving his presidential dream.

The pair met Wednesday at the MPC’s Headquarters in Fiamah, Sinkor and were locked up in over an hour and a half of discussions.

“Mr. Freeman and I been accessing our visions for this country and we have found a lot of commonalities in our respective visions”, Harris told FrontPage when asked on the nature of what seemed like an impromptu meeting.

Harris, in his 50’s, added: “Our problem here in Liberia has been leadership. Leadership is about how you approach it. But basically, we have been comparing notes.”

For Freeman, the level of commonalities stretched to the extent that only very minor differences could be traced in their respective visions for the wounded Liberian nation: “Our points of differences are just minor.”

Wednesday’s meeting between the businessman-turned politician and his possible political partner who basically resides in the United States is just one of several meetings that the political scene has been witnessing in recent months.

Nearing the political battles which come up in the next few months, there have been talks of mergers and possible mergers mainly among members of the opposition blocks who have the herculean task of democratically ousting the incumbent President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf who seems to be poised to maintain a double in the wake of what many have repeatedly termed as weak opposition.

But of paramount concerns have been which role the highly-ambitious politicians will take relative to the presidential and vice presidential slots.

For Freeman, the meeting which he termed as an acquaintance meeting between the pair did not concern itself on which comes first: “It is just about which comes first; whether it is the chicken or the egg. But you could call this an acquaintance visit.”

He sees it as a part of Harris’ anxiety to meet and discuss with several members of the opposition block: “Mr. Harris has been touching bases with members of the opposition which is good. I think this is something that the media needs because it has been calling for members of the opposition to talk with each other.”

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Everyone is a genius

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. – A Einstein

Drawing the line in Liberia

Crimes sponsored, committed, or masterminded by handful of individuals cannot be blamed upon an entire nationality. In this case, Liberians! The need for post-war justice is a step toward lasting peace, stability and prosperity for Liberia. Liberia needs a war crimes tribunal or some credible legal forum that is capable of dealing with atrocities perpetrated against defenseless men, women and children during the country's brutal war. Without justice, peace shall remain elusive and investment in Liberia will not produce the intended results. - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Men with unhealthy characters should not champion any noble cause

They pretend to advocate the cause of the people when their deeds in the dark mirror nothing else but EVIL!!
When evil and corrupt men try to champion a cause that is so noble … such cause, how noble it may be, becomes meaningless in the eyes of the people - Bernard Gbayee Goah.

If Liberia must move forward ...

If Liberia must move forward in order to claim its place as a civilized nation amongst world community of nations, come 2017 elections, Liberians must critically review the events of the past with honesty and objectivity. They must make a new commitment to seek lasting solutions. The track records of those who are presenting themselves as candidates for the position of "President of the Republic of Liberia" must be well examined. Liberians must be fair to themselves because results from the 2011 elections will determine the future of Liberia’s unborn generations to come - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's greatest problem!

While it is true that an individual may be held responsible for corruption and mismanagement of funds in government, the lack of proper system to work with may as well impede the process of ethical, managerial, and financial accountability - Bernard Gbayee Goah

What do I think should be done?

The situation in Liberia is Compound Complex and cannot be fixed unless the entire system of government is reinvented.
Liberia needs a workable but uncompromising system that will make the country an asylum free from abuse, and other forms of corruption.
Any attempt to institute the system mentioned above in the absence of rule of law is meaningless, and more detrimental to Liberia as a whole - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's Natural Resources
Besides land water and few other resources, most of Liberia’s dependable natural resources are not infinite, they are finite and therefore can be depleted.
Liberia’s gold, diamond, and other natural resources will not always be an available source of revenue generation for its people and its government. The need to invent a system in government that focuses on an alternative income generation method cannot be over emphasized at this point - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia needs a proper system
If Liberians refuse to erect a proper system in place that promotes the minimization of corruption and mismanagement of public funds by government institutions, and individuals, there will come a time when the value of the entire country will be seen as a large valueless land suited on the west coast of Africa with some polluted bodies of waters and nothing else. To have no system in place in any country is to have no respect for rule of law. To have no respect for rule of law is to believe in lawlessness. And where there is lawlessness, there is always corruption - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Solving problems in the absence of war talks

As political instability continues to increase in Africa, it has become abundantly clear that military intervention as a primary remedy to peace is not a durable solution. Such intervention only increases insecurity and massive economic hardship. An existing example which could be a valuable lesson for Liberia is Great Britain, and the US war on terror for the purpose of global security. The use of arms whether in peace keeping, occupation, or invasion as a primary means of solving problem has yield only little results. Military intervention by any country as the only solution to problem solving will result into massive military spending, economic hardship, more fear, and animosity as well as increase insecurity. The alternative is learning how to solve problems in the absence of war talks. The objective of such alternative must be to provide real sustainable human security which cannot be achieved through military arm intervention, or aggression. In order to achieve results that will make the peaceful coexistence of all mankind possible, there must be a common ground for the stories of all sides to be heard. I believe there are always three sides to every story: Their side of the story, Our side of the story, and The truthBernard Gbayee Goah


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